Seaside Times September 2012 Issue

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west coast culture – september 2012 issue





Lois Brown: Underworld Explorer of Ice and Dreams Doing what most people only dare dream of

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the Grape: 34 Romancing The Alchemist's Dream

Focus on Peninsula Wineries Spotlight 42 Restaurant Zanzibar Café: Spice Paradise The Early Days of Brentwood Bay: 47 A look at the village formerly known as Sluggetts.

Columns First Word............................................ 8 Weatherwit...................................... 23 Island Dish........................................ 24 Forbes & Marshall........................... 44 Last Word......................................... 52

departments 9................................................. Letters 10................................... Can We Talk? 21.....................................Grey Matters 27............................. Veterinary Voice 32.............................. Common Cents 33.................... West Coast Gardener 38......................................... Footprints 45........ Young Readers Book Review 48..........................What's Happening 51.................................. Entertainment



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Freelance Writer Suzanne Morphet I love the outdoor life, whether it’s biking with my dog Oscar or hiking in B.C.’s beautiful mountains. For this issue I wrote about an invigorating weekend spent in the Monashee Mountains near Revelstoke, where I combined hiking and yoga, two activities that pair surprisingly well. I'm a professional writer, a former CBC Radio news reporter and the co-author of the Vancouver Island Book of Everything. I live in North Saanich. Freelance writer C.J. Papoutsis After spending way too many years as a civil servant and closet writer, I finally escaped from Cubicle City in 2004 and began writing seriously. I submitted my first story to Seaside Times three years ago and have, since then, had several more published in this lively magazine. Life can be sombre, but I focus on the funny side of serious. “Blackberry Harvest,” in this issue, compares a child’s pleasure of picking blackberries to an adult’s task-oriented approach with amusing results. My short stories and essays have been published in local magazines, anthologies and online. Contributing writer Jan MacRae The twists and turns of daily life are seldom perfect but usually entertaining. I like to be the first to laugh at myself and beat others to it. Two years ago, in Seaside Times, I wrote about Frankenlurching through tango lessons with my husband. We’re glad we tried but, well, let us never speak of that again. It seems our natural talents lean more toward activities requiring garden tools, barn boots and manure forks. Twenty-nine years on our Saanichton hobby farm has provided lots of those. However, as you’ll read, even country life can bug me at times. Graphic designer Rosemarie Bandura A self-employed graphic designer located in the Brentwood Bay area, I made the move west two years ago to experience the West Coast lifestyle first-hand, and I'm so very glad I did! I just love what the Island has to offer: it is such a beautiful, peaceful and friendly place. I am a very proud mother of one grown son, an avid golfer and horse lover. Soon after my arrival here I came across Seaside Times at my local post office. I loved the look and the local feel to it, so I emailed the publisher to ask if they needed extra design help from time to time. Well, here I am, now two years later, designing the new Seaside Homes section. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I enjoyed putting it together! If you'd like to see more of my work please visit

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This Month’s Contributors Trysh Ashby-Rolls • Rosemarie Bandura • Jennifer Bowles Shelley Breadner • Lois Brown • Colin Eaton Michael Forbes • Doreen Gee • Valerie Green Claire Hutchinson • Linda M. Langwith • Jan MacRae Barry Mathias • Karen Morgan • Suzanne Morphet Dan Olive • C.J. Papoutsis • Carole Pearson Steve Sakiyama • Susan Simosko • Leia Smoudianis Jim Townley • Jo-Ann Way • Heather Zais

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Last month during the Largest Little Airshow, Susi McMillan and her Sunshine Face Painting company took centre stage. She had the kids lined up, unable to contain themselves, and to see the expressions on their faces when she was done with each of them was priceless.

"The kids have their lives changed when they meet these pro guys," said Greg. "If the athletes recognize that and leave the right impressions, it’s very cool for the kids."

In mid-August I was lucky to spend some time in Whistler during the Crankworx festival, a 10-day event showcasing the best mountain bike athletes from around the world. To see these "kids," aged anywhere from 16 to 26, engaged in this sport was thrilling and incredibly motivating for me. At one point I was sitting watching the Canadian Pro Downhill. I started talking with this very young rider, about 12 years old, and I asked: "Are you competing today?" "No, you have to be about 15 and older," he answered with a smile. "But I can’t wait!" Upon my return I spoke to Greg Parish, marketing manager for Straitline Precision Industries, who also attended the event. Straitline exports its internal bike brand worldwide.

I guess where I’m going with this train of thought is this: I find lots of our children today are deeply, tragically over-scheduled. They have too little free time and far too much technology, and they need to find their smile again. Like most parents, we have too much on our plate. We create our own chaos. We are often a working parent and grandparent. I think it’s time for us to remember the important fact that these kids, our kids, will be our next generation. How can we help them be the best they can be? Remember, children smile because they are happy doing what they love. Whether they're five years old getting their face painted or 12 years old riding the trails in Whistler, they deserve to be happy. I would say start simply: just dance with them, laugh with them, tickle them … it keeps you both in touch with your joy.

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Times. She did such a great job sharing the information I shared with her! It will certainly create a buzz around the Grand Opening in September! I hope you are having a great summer, and I look forward to continue working with your staff in the future. Dustin Ray Wilks, Panorama Recreation ✢ ✢ ✢ ✢ ✢ In response to Doreen Gee's blog "Gems" at Friends indeed are the treasure of life. The neat thing is that you aren't always aware who all your friends are until they jump in and do something that grabs your attention. Hence you should be nice to everyone! If we all watched our friends' backs … we'd never need to watch our own. John Espley

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You grew up as friends on the Saanich Peninsula and graduated from Stelly’s Secondary School. Did you ever envision that you would both be owners of a new business at such a young age? Seth: I’ve always been unconventional, so I think the fact I’m involved in starting something so different isn’t that surprising. I also come from a family with lots of entrepreneurs, so following suit isn’t surprising either. Matt: Being self employed has always appealed to me. Tile has been a great outlet for practising craftsmanship and creativity. I wanted to expand on my installation company (Madico Tile) and leverage my knowledge to work toward something new. It’s been really exciting and gratifying to see an idea like this come to fruition. The concept for Mobile Tile came from both of your experiences: firstly with you Matt, and your years of owning your own tile installation company (Madico Tile) and secondly with you Seth, as a recent graduate from UVic’s Gustavson School of Business Entrepreneurship program. What made your partnership so perfect? Seth: I think any good entrepreneur needs to understand that it’s impossible to be successful by yourself. You need to have good people around you that complement your abilities, but share your goals. Matt and I have that going for us. Matt: It's a good dynamic: we have completely different 10

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skill sets and that has seemed to produce an all-around effeciency in our business. There is a lot of trust and understanding which I think is key to a successful partnership. We’re both excited about this concept and we seem to be equally dedicated and determined to make it a success. I’ve been working with some of the students from UVic’s Gustavson School of Business and I’m continually impressed at the quality of its graduates. Seth: you mentioned that you helped pioneer the formation of UVic’s Innovation Centre For Entrepreneurs, a resource centre for small business. Can you expand on this and did it help better prepare you for the real world?

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Explain to us why Mobile Tile is a brand new approach for purchasing tile, versus the traditional tile retail experience. What makes this concept so unique? Seth: It allows you to see a customized selection of 500+ samples, from our warehouse collection of thousands, at your own home or job site. However, it’s much more than that. Our slogan “Bringing The Tile Store To You” literally means just that! You’re getting a customized selection of products to look at that is personalized to your taste and project, instead of being overwhelmed by the clutter of an entire store. We have a highly experienced tile design expert with over six years of experience in tile retail that makes it possible for us to bring an ideal selection. You’re also getting to see everything in your own home, usually under the intended lighting. If you would prefer to look through our entire collection you can visit our warehouse showroom. Matt: We’ll advise you on your project from start to finish. A single on-site appointment enables you to select your tile and receive an accurate installation estimate, all while receiving advice on appropriate tile selections, design ideas and the use of the industry’s leading products. We ensure educated choices are made, helping to get it right the first time, and users avoid common and costly mistakes. Clients can be certain they are choosing appropriate tile, as well as waterproofing and in-floor heating products that will yield long-lasting results. Would you consider yourselves to be revolutionizing the industry and changing the way people are thinking of purchasing tile? Seth: Yes, the point of Mobile Tile is to change people's perception that choosing tile is a long and painful process, to something that can actually be quite easy and enjoyable! Matt: Mobile Tile offers unparalleled convenience for homeowners, contractors and interior designers alike. Just as when you think of window blinds now, you might automatically think of a place like Budget Blinds, where they'll come and measure, bring samples, etc., we want people to think of tile in the same way. When you think “we want tile,” your first instinct is no longer to go to a tile store. I understand you will be sponsoring the new Victoria Design Show called Design District The Series, launching October 8th on CHEK. What can we expect to see?

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Seth: You should see the whole process in action, and how it fits into the entire design process. As the tile sponsers, we will be supplying and installing the tile in each episode. You’ll also get to see a really entertaining local show! You both have a passion for this business and, knowing how driven you are, I know we are going to see more from you. Can you give us a glimpse of where you’re thinking of taking the company? Seth: The idea right now is to get this location to the point that it runs flawlessly, and then open up a new location in a place that lends itself to the concept. Hopefully we’ll keep growing from there. We are building the company in a way that it can be expanded in the future, maybe even franchised one day. In the short term, we’re looking to add some things to the business model that make it more environmentally sustainable, so watch for some exciting developments there!

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All the World's a Stage Take a cross-section of your local community, offer the people a chance to dress up, wear makeup (especially the guys) and become someone else for a short time, and you have a Drama Group. The Pender Islands’ Solstice Theatre Society is one of a number of thriving acting groups in this area, and continues to attract people of all ages and experience. It was first formed in 1991, and while many actors have retired or left the Islands, some of the early "thespians" are still involved. Over the years we have acquired a huge collection of costume and hand props, some of which are genuine period pieces, reflecting the variety of our productions. These range from an outdoor production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night to the much loved The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde. Our largest

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Lois Brown: Underworld Explorer of Ice and Dreams by Doreen Marion Gee Christmas Day, 2011: Sipping a champagne toast on an iceberg in Antarctica! Lois Brown does what most people only dare dream of. She has walked through silent icy landscapes on the bottom of the earth where no man or animal has ever stepped. She has felt the rapture of bursting sunlight hitting tall blue frozen mountains in a pristine "no man's land" of grace and beauty. Lois bends the bar and defies the norm as a new age female explorer – fearless and confident. From the sands of Abu Dhabi to the fiercely elegant landscapes of the Antarctic, Lois Brown is on a global adventure to set her own limits and meet her own challenges under the shifting stars and sky. Lois is a professional photojournalist, with an enviable website of stunning shots worldwide. A quote by Miriam Beard sums up Lois' travel philosophy: "Certainly travel is more than the seeing of sights: it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living." When Lois was immobilized with rheumatoid arthritis at 30, she got her pilot’s license and took to the air: "If I can’t walk, I am going to fly!" That undefeatable spirit and steely confidence propels Lois Brown in her adventurous life. Like an enchanted eagle, Lois has spread her wings across the globe, landing in Ireland, Europe, Asia, the South Pacific, Australia, Tasmania,

Newfoundland, the Yukon and Arctic, NWT, Alaska and the Middle East – calling New Zealand and Victoria home. But last winter, Lois embarked on the ultimate challenge: Antarctica. She recollects an icy surreal Eden. In one experience, halfway up a frozen mound, Lois’ digital camera batteries died. She sat down, surrounded by friendly penguins running around at her feet. "That was the single best moment of my trip!" The traveller also described the pure nirvana of the serene Antarctic landscape where "You would stand and there would be absolutely no sound and nothing on the horizon. The pristine beauty was breathtaking. I was enthralled by how remarkably untouched it was. There was a magic there that was unlike any other place on earth!" Her message of conservation shines through in her work: The Antarctic is a very fragile ecosystem and it needs our protection from exploitation. Our survival is at stake: "What happens in the Antarctic affects everyone on the planet!" Lois will showcase her Antarctica photos at a Mary Winspear Centre fundraiser (September 20th to October 4th) in collaboration with two celebrated artists, Rick Silas and Bill Zuk. "INTO THE ICE: Arctic Meets Antarctic" boasts “Whatever we set out to make, we should make as well as we can. To do otherwise is spiritless.” P. T. Sudo

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Other event highlights will be Lois and Alistair Brown’s documentary, One Woman’s Journey: ANTARCTICA and the film Fragile Arctic: Broken Silence, Broken Earth by Bill Zuk and Lance Gilson. The potent message of environmental stewardship resonates with all three artists and their work. Proceeds from Lois’ documentary will go towards The Antarctic Heritage Trust and monies from Bill’s film will support the Arctic Art Museum Society. Lois Brown teaches us that dreams never discriminate; they are accessible to anyone. Our personal "Antarctica" is always waiting for us … to take the dare. Contact:;; Photo by Lois Brown.


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In winter, backcountry skiers helicopter into the remote lodge, but in summer, with four-wheel drive and a little patience, it’s possible to drive. The three-storey timbered lodge is completely "off the grid," but it’s comfortable and spacious, with a wood-fired sauna, showers, a commercialsized kitchen and enough beds to sleep 20 people. The Monashees get buried under about 16 metres of snow every winter: the dry fluffy kind that locals like to call "champagne" snow. It takes a long time to melt but when it does, the mountains come alive with babbling brooks, wildflowers and wildlife (mountain caribou, wolverine, deer and a healthy population of grizzly bears share these mountains). We’re here in early August and snow is still clinging to north-facing slopes and low-lying areas, but the effect

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is enchanting, especially since the patches of snow are streaked with bright pink "watermelon" algae (it’s named for its watermelon scent as much as its colour). Purple asters, red paintbrush, yellow lilies and lime green heather dot the mountainside. We’re dazzled by all the colour as we slowly hike up the trail, enjoying the scenery while keeping an eye out for a good yoga "studio." When we reach what looks like a small lake (but is probably just meltwater from all the snow) with a flat meadow beside it, we know we’ve arrived. We unroll our yoga mats, kick off our hiking boots and begin moving through a series of yoga poses that seem perfect for this tranquil spot. After all, where better to practise your mountain pose than on a mountainside?

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Over the next couple of days we hike higher and further afield and find more natural yoga studios. It’s as if the landscape has been designed with us in mind. Hiking is just as rewarding: with few trees, the views go on forever. One day we enjoy a picnic lunch on a ridge with a panoramic view over blue-green mountains, stunted fir trees and small ponds edged with snow. It’s raw, rugged wilderness with no other people, buildings or activity for miles around. Sol Mountain’s long-term lease covers 30,000 acres: three times the space of the Whistler Blackcomb ski area, and there’s no Whistler in the middle of it, just the one lodge and us. On our last morning we wander through a wildflower meadow near the lodge to find a spot for our final yoga class. There’s such a profusion of flowers it takes a while to find a place where we can spread our mats without squishing many of the blossoms. Our instructor leads us through some deep stretching and breathing exercises and, for a while afterward, we simply sit and absorb the sun’s warmth and the beauty of the natural world, feeling grateful to be alive. Suzanne Morphet is a travel writer and photographer in North Saanich. See more of her work at Photo by Suzanne Morphet.

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years of chemotherapy, was OK for a while, then relapsed and had to have a stem cell transplant from his brother. It was a difficult time,” she says. “But I’m happy to report that he’s now a thriving university student who hopes to become an oncologist.” Bob and Kathryn agree that the money raised by the Tour make all the difference to the children and their families. “The real impact of the funds cannot be adequately measured,” Kathryn tells me, “because you cannot put a value on the emotional relief parents and children experience when they receive the help and support they need.”

What marks a real hero? In today’s crazy world of superheroes, it’s sometimes hard to tell. However, if it’s bravery, courage and a willingness to face unforeseen danger, then Bob McDonald and Kathryn Goodyear have just the answer. “It’s the kids,” they tell me. “The kids with cancer and their families who face obstacles most of us never experience. And they do it with grace, resilience and optimism.” For Kathryn and Bob, the children are the motivation behind their passionate commitment to cycle from Port Alice to Victoria, a distance of over 1,000 kilometres, in 14 days as part of the Tour de Rock team. Their goal is to raise $10,000 between them to support pediatric cancer research and programs for children with a history of cancer. Bob and Kathryn each know about kids and cancer first hand. Bob’s granddaughter, Lochlyn, was born with a rare genetic disorder that affects her heart, lungs and ability to swallow. “She’s already had more hospital time than most of us ever endure,” Bob says. “But she is one tough, adorable, little girl,” he adds with pride. For the past four years, Bob helped his police officer son, Rob (Lochlyn’s dad), train riders for the Tour. As part of that effort, Bob realized that Lochlyn and her family were far from alone in their struggles with cancer. “Kids all across the Island are fighting cancer,” Bob tells me. “While we may get a few sore muscles, it’s the emotional part of this journey that will be the toughest for the riders.” Kathryn is part of the Sidney/North Saanich RCMP and a familiar face at the Victoria Airport. When asked why she’s riding in the Tour de Rock, her answer is straightforward: “Because someone has to help those vulnerable children who have been struck, indiscriminately, by a horrible disease they cannot even begin to understand.” She tells me about a close friend’s son, diagnosed with leukemia at age 11. “He had two

Bob and Kathryn are adamant that cycling a demanding 1,000 kilometres in rain, wind and blistering sun is nothing compared to the grueling effects of chemotherapy and radiation. “We’re only the optics,” says Bob. “We represent the kids – the true heroes who need as much love and support as we can give them.” To donate to Bob and Kathryn’s campaigns, enter their names at You won’t regret a cent.

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Why Forgive? Why Not? by Trysh Ashby-Rolls Forgiveness. Such a loaded word, but what does it really mean? The word itself comes from the Greek “to give or to grant.” The Oxford dictionary definition is to “stop feeling angry or resentful towards someone for an offense or mistake.” Christianity speaks of forgiveness as a requirement, although it may take 10,000 talents. Buddhism says reconciliation cannot be reached in all conflicts. There needs to be willingness, honesty and restraint to resolve differences. Spirituality or religion notwithstanding, when we fully and genuinely forgive, it's a huge relief. It's getting there that's hard, especially when something's been eating at us for a long time. “Forgiveness has many layers, many seasons,” writes Clarissa Pinkola Estés. “In our culture there is a notion that forgiveness is a 100-percent proposition. All or nothing. It is also taught that forgiveness means to overlook, to act as though a thing has not occurred. This is not true either.” Colin Tipping has written two books on what he calls Radical Forgiveness, which he describes as “much more than the mere letting go of the past. It is the key to creating the life that we want, and the world that we want. It is the key to our own happiness and the key to world peace.”

encouraging use of non-blaming language, Nell begins: “He made me go into the kitchen.” Then she changes her words to “When I went into the kitchen … .” Reminding Nell of her strength and integrity, Edge guides her in releasing her emotions. Then, without letting the son off the hook or allowing Nell to blaming herself, Edge helps her explore the ways in which she participated in the dispute. Nell takes responsibility for her role and the story collapses and reframes as Nell no longer sees herself as a victim. She discovers what she has learned from the situation with her son and feels a huge weight lifted from her. She leaves Edge's office with head held high, her pain lessened if not gone. It may take time for Nell to integrate the experience but, says Edge, “Her story no longer defines who she is.” Put another way: to forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover the prisoner was you. For more information on Megan Edge, visit For more information on Colin Tipping, visit

“We put a lot of energy and effort into blaming others when we don't forgive,” says Victoria-based healer Megan Edge. “We hold on tight, stay in a victim role and trigger negative patterns that result in physical and emotional self-harm.” Edge is the only practitioner in Canada certified to coach Tipping's model. Radical Forgiveness is a four-part process: Telling the Story; Feeling the Feelings; Collapsing the Story; Reframing the Story. Integration follows. It takes from one to several sessions to work through the stages. A client who we'll call Nell, a 70-year-old mother and grandmother, complains of body pain. Her doctor says it's stress and gives her pills. Intuitively, Nell knows the origins of her tension. After explaining that there are energy centres in the human body governing areas of human experience (chakras), Edge helps Nell identify where in her physical body she hurts. Careful questioning gently arouses Nell to clench certain muscles that are the cause of her pain as she remembers a horrible argument with her son. Edge asks Nell if she is willing to tell the story or what happened and what she experienced. An SEASIDE  TIMES | september 2012 |


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While observing people laugh, I noticed that everyone has their unique way of laughing – it’s their laugh signature. Take my friend J. for example. If there is such a thing as an International Laugh Classification (ILC) system, J.’s laugh would be classed as "Infectious." You know the types where their laugh causes others to laugh – just like somebody scratching or yawning causes me to do the same (although I would not want to be classed as an "Infectious Scratcher"). When J. laughs he looks at me with pleading eyes – as if to say "come on Steve, laugh with me." It works. I told J. that he should rent himself out to parties. My mother, on the other hand would be classed in the ILC system as a "Silent-Squeak" hybrid. Even if bent over in a hard laugh, with tears running down her cheeks, there would be no noise from her smiling, open mouth other than an occasional "squeak:" "squeak" … (long silence) … "squeak" … "Oh that is sooo funny" … (long silence then thigh slap) … "squeak" … (long silence) … "squeak" … (thigh slap). There are other types too, like "Gigglers" (aka "Tee Hees"), "Foot Stompers," "Santa Variants" and my all-time favourite: "Snorters" (a Snorter in the same room as an Infectious is a very potent combination by the way). Incidentally, after making a list of these types I discovered that other researchers have created similar classifications, although the laugh of my former neighbour has escaped everybody’s description: He would burst out in one loud "Hah!" … and that was it. I’m submitting this to the ILC Committee as a new discovery, and will give it a latin-ish name like "explosio cacophonyus," or "cacophonyii" if there are two or

Speaking of explosions and cacophony, this summer we had thunderstorms – a rare but awe inspiring meteorological phenomena in these parts. Thunder is the sound made by giant sparks in the sky called lightning. A lightning bolt is so hot it will warm the air though which it travels to 30,000° C (give or take a few degrees), which happens to be about five times hotter than the surface of the sun. This sudden and extreme heating of the air makes it expand explosively, creating a pressure wave moving through the air at around 1,200 km/h, that we hear as thunder. These sounds range from a loud crack if it is close, to low rumbling when it is far away. The rumbling can be due to the overlap of sounds produced from different areas of the lightning bolt. Are the far-off rumblings about our September weather going to bring a smile to our faces? Long-term forecasting models indicate normal temperatures this month, with precipitation more likely to be on the dry side. Given that the weather outlook this month is for pleasant, wonderful conditions that are typical for the time of year, I expect to hear a cacophony of Gigglers, Foot Stompers and Squeakers echoing through the quiet evening air. Listen for it – it’s infectious. What is your laugh signature? Let me know at or, if you have any questions about thunder and lightning, post them to my blog at ~ Weatherwit


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Paired with mayo, celery and chunks of pickle, tuna has long been a school lunch staple that made it into every lunchbox in the western world. It may seem run-of-the-mill, bottom line? Tuna is delicious no matter how you mix it! This month, the tuna isn't out of a can, not drowning in water and not slathered in mayonnaise. It's September and we step to the plate to take tuna to a new level. Fresh, succulent morsels of amazing Ahi, pan seared and crusted with sesame seeds, makes for an insanely delicious and surprising little sarny. Tasty, unique and worth the extra effort. There is nothing like a gorgeous slice of fresh tuna. The texture alone is like velvet, especially if you are a fan of tuna sashimi at your favourite Japanese joint, which is raw tuna that literally melts in your mouth. Kissed with a little soy sauce and a hint of wasabi, you will think you have gone to heaven. Although it's not sashimi, this easy, elegant sandwich is not only gorgeous to look at but seriously packs a lot of flavour, texture and is dead easy to put together if you are in a time crunch! Let's get started: Step 1) Get to your fish monger – you'll want the freshest Ahi tuna loin. You want to see a beautiful rose colour in the flesh, some fat striations and the smell should be fresh and free of that "fishy" odor. Step 2) Choose your base – This is going to be served on the bread of your choice; I chose an onion bagel. An unlikely choice, I know, but it complemented the tuna so beautifully and worked so well, balancing the delicate texture of the tuna and the chewy bite of the bagel. Step 3) Baby steps – Greens, avocado and lemon aioli will be partnering with this poisson. For your greens, think spring mix. Don't go with a tough or heavy textured lettuce – it will mask the velvety texture of your gorgeous tuna which would be a shame. The avocado should be ripe and, if possible, organic. Ever tasted the difference between an organic avocado and

the rest? You won't go back! The rich butteriness and nutty flavour pair perfectly with the tuna and the result is divine. Lemon garlic aioli is ultra-simple: mayo, garlic, lemon juice and zest. Go easy on the garlic, make sure you have good citrus representation and chill it when you are done . Step 4) Prepare the tuna. This is seriously simple. I bought a loin of tuna (¾ of a pound ran about $16). I got four sandwiches out of it, and I was being very generous with my portions. Rinse the tuna and pat dry. Next, spread out a plate full of black and white sesame seeds and roll your fish in them to coat evenly. Heat a frying pan to medium and add a touch of olive oil (the oil will shimmer when ready). Gently place your tuna away from you into the pan to avoid splashes. Sear each side for about 2 minutes and remove from the heat. Rest the fish for at least 3-4 minutes. Once relatively cool, slice into ¼-inch slices and build your beautifully balanced sandwiches. Incidentally, I made this open-faced and attacked it with a knife and fork. Step 5) Assemble – A little aioli on the bread, greens, avocado and then your succulent tuna topped with some red onion and lemon. Serve with a handful of your favourite potato chips and a crisp glass of wine! Enjoy! Photo courtesy Jennifer Bowles. Wine pairing courtesy Gartley Station: Jennifer's seared sesame tuna and avocado sandwich topped with red onion and lemon screams out SUMMER! The rule of thumb is always pair the wine to the strongest flavour on the plate. Nothing pairs with onion, so the sesame-encrusted tuna Primary is considered the dominant flavour. Avocado creates a buttery feel Logo: on the palate and also needs to be considered and not washed away by an overly acidic wine. My suggestion is a slightly oaked Chardonnay or Pinot Noir that has undergone a secondary malolactic fermentation, which softens harsh acids and creates a buttery feel in the mouth whilePrimary theLogo hint of oak will complement the sesame tuna perfectly. Reversed:

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Tail-Waggin' Good Times! Most everyone is familiar with a dog’s smiling face and happy tail wag. Yet, a dog’s tail communicates so much more – we must remember: a dog’s tail is only part of the big picture. The entire body articulates what a dog is communicating. The tail is only a piece of the puzzle and a wag does not always mean “friendly.” Let’s review some of the basics and subtleties. Generally a broad sweeping tail wag is a sign of friendliness. Look for that dog smile, with the squinting eyes, relaxed ears and even a body swing with the wag. The tail is usually in a lowered, relaxed position. Compare this with an approaching dog with an upright tail, held rigid and wagged stiffly in in a small arc. Head is up, ears erect, eyes are locked on your dog, and the fur is up along the back. Of course, all these body signals tell us this dog is much less likely to be friendly. But what about all the in-betweens? Dogs wag their tails during most social situations, and the whole picture is needed. Socially, dogs wag their tail in greeting, just as we might smile when we acknowledge someone. As we discussed with cats and purring, dogs use their tail to facilitate “care-solicitation.” They will wag their tail when they want or anticipate something. The more excited they get about it, the greater the tail wag. Dogs will also use tail wagging to indicate submission. The tail is held low and often tucked under the belly, and the wag vibrates stiffly or in a small arc. It is the height position that differs from the assertive dog noted above, yet both show stiff tails with small range of motion. Dogs will often request release from an undesirable situation with tail wagging. This can be submissive or broad arc wagging in nature, and may or may not be accompanied by whining or crying. It conveys no

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desire for conflict or aggression, becoming exaggerated, along with other body signals, when we do not acknowledge it by releasing pressure of the conflict. Often times as humans, we may not perceive that we are behaving in a confrontational manner to the dog. Teasing and rough play are common examples of human behaviour where we can be too much for our pets. Watch for these exaggerated body signals and kindly acknowledge them by changing your behaviour. Structured games and play are far better ways to interact with our canine friends than rough house and freefor-all play. That’s a topic for another day, for sure! Tail wagging indicates a dog is engaged in a situation, be it a social interaction or other exciting activity. Watch your dog search for that “lost” ball in the tall grass. The tail is up, stiff and wagging. If your dog pounces on a mouse in the grass, that tail will be wagging once again. All predatory behaviour results in arousal, and tail wagging is a part of it. Tail chasing is a behaviour that we as humans often find humourous and entertaining. It can be a normal part of play, particularly in puppies, and is generally interspersed with other play behaviours. However, we must take caution not to reinforce this behaviour or this can become a compulsive (chronically repetitive) behaviour. Reinforcement can come from laughing, verbal encouragement or tugging at the tail, etc. Situations such as lack of exercise, under-stimulation (mentally) or stressful situations can all contribute to this as a behaviour problem. Equally so, punishment or prevention without dealing with the cause can also increase stress and poor welfare for the dog, exacerbating the behaviour. If your dog tail chases excessively, consult your veterinarian to review behavioural management. More information can be found at

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A Quick Tour of the New Saanich Peninsula Hospital Operating Rooms by Karen Morgan On August 23rd and 25th, the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation invited the community for an advance “peek” at the new operating suite. Visitors marveled at its sleek look, along with the spacious and airy design. Missed it? Take the tour with us now: As you enter, you see offices for the OR Coordinator, Clerk and the Anaesthesiologists. Walk a little farther and you see a new doorway into one of the old Operating Rooms. Patients will arrive in the new operating rooms through here (in a future renovation, this will become the new pre- and post-operative area). Moving on, you see into the “sterile core.” This hallway allows for speedy, infection-free movement of supplies. Now to the real excitement! Behind the gleaming stainless steel scrub sinks are the three new operating rooms. In each OR, there is a fully computerized system with easy touch-screen controls. Two booms hanging from the ceiling house equipment for various surgeries (i.e. laprascopic surgeries) and gases to supply the anaesthetic machines. The OR lights are LED-equipped for maximum brightness, and one has a built-in camera. There are two monitors on the light arms, as well as a wall-mounted monitor; all have the capability of displaying different views for the surgical staff. Two computers in each OR give surgeons, medical students and nursing staff visual access to vital patient information and medical imaging views.

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The Fall Market Series by Jim Townley For the past 21 years the Peninsula Country Market has operated the longest-running open air market on South Vancouver Island, and this year the Fall Series will be more than just fun … it will be educational!

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Inspired to support local food producers from all over Vancouver Island, the Peninsula Country Market moves indoors starting September 22nd on the Saanich Fairgrounds and goes right until October 13th. The Saturday markets are a rain or shine experience, and making sure Mother Nature is less of a factor is why we go indoors later in the fall. This year the market runs one Saturday after Thanksgiving to ensure locals have access to some of the best produce the season’s bounty has to offer. With a slightly cooler spring (OK, just plain cold) this year, we

with Apples on September 22nd. You will be able to witness apple pressing and everything else related to apples on this day along with other great seasonal fruit and produce. Then, on

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Ravenhill Herb Farm: A Special Country Garden by Carole Pearson Before there was the Slow Food movement, the 100Mile Diet, and the whole "locavore" trend, there was Ravenhill Herb Farm. Located on a sunny slope in the Mount Newton Valley, the farm was started in 1979 when Noel Richardson and Andrew Yeoman purchased the 10-acre property and the 1910 Gordon Thomson farmhouse. They named the farm Ravenhill because of the black birds that nested in three trees behind the house. Yeoman and Richardson built raised beds and planted six of the most popular culinary herbs: basil, tarragon, chives, fennel, oregano and dill. Ravenhill was eventually supplying more than 24 restaurants and delis with freshlypicked, organic herbs. The farm now produces over 100 varieties of medicinal, culinary and companion herbs. Yeoman also designed the herb gardens at Government House and Spinnakers Brewpub and supplied advice on maintenance, material which is found in his book A West Coast Kitchen Garden: Growing Culinary Herbs and Vegetables. Richardson taught cooking classes when people began asking how to use fresh herbs. Her cookbooks are more than pages of recipes: they include lovely descriptions of life on the farm, the changing seasons and the pure sensual enjoyment of sharing good food, well prepared, with friends and family. Vancouver Island's first Feast of Fields was held at Ravenhill in 1998. The concept, begun four years earlier in Ontario, was to forge a connection between farmers, chefs and consumers. It brought foodies out to the farms to stroll the fields with plates of exquisite food, a white napkin and a glass of really good local wine. In the wider community, Ravenhill was a community resource for garden clubs, painting classes, photographers, horticulture and garden design students, and chefs in

training. The garden was opened for charity fundraisers, art shows and the Christmas in the Barn craft market. In latter years, Yeoman and Richardson were affected by health issues that slowed down their participation in running the farm. Richardson passed away in May 2011 and her loss was mourned by family and all who were part of their vast circle of friends. Jessy Delleman was hired in 2008 to help manage Ravenhill. This past summer, she has been selling organically-grown herb starts, seeds, culinary and medicinal herbs, herbal tea blends and herbalinfused honeys from Ravenhill at farmers' markets in Victoria and at the Saanich Fairgrounds, Delleman says people are really excited about the herbal-infused honey in particular: "It's a nice way to get the medicinal benefits of the herbs. They're super yummy and can be used in cooking, baking, flavouring teas, and dressings." The honey comes from Fredrich's Honey Farm, near Nanaimo. Ravenhill Herb Farm's Annual Autumn Equinox Plant Sale is set for September 22nd and 23rd from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1330 Mt Newton Cross Road. The farm is now closed for the season but tours can be arranged by appointment. Visit for more information. Plants  Shrubs  Garden Gifts & Ornaments  Trellis  Arbors  Pots, Pots & More Pots!

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Get started on a beginner fitness and weight loss plan the right way! A registered personal trainer will meet you for an initial assessment and goal setting session, followed by 12 group exercise sessions in the weight room to create a fitness program and keep you motivated! $439 value for only $132. Pick up our Program Guide or visit us online for course dates and times. 250.656.7271

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What can you do to protect yourself? I’d suggest the first place to start is to move away from strictly price-based comparisons. When you first purchased your home, I’m guessing you didn’t ask the real estate broker for the cheapest home! You probably gave the broker a list of the things you wanted in a home to meet your family’s needs. Similarly, when you purchase your home insurance, you want to give your insurance broker a list of needs, such as: • By-laws Coverage: If your home is more than a few years old, you need this coverage to pay for improvements that must be made to the home to meet current by-laws. • Guaranteed Replacement Cost Coverage: This coverage will pay above your policy limits in the event that the rebuilding costs are higher than expected • Cash Settlement Option: Most policies only reimburse for items that are actually replaced. With this option, you can cash out (for full value) on items that you don’t choose to replace.

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For a lot of people, their home is their most valuable asset and forms the largest part of their retirement fund. Yet despite the importance of this asset, insurance coverage is purchased with little thought to ensuring that the home will be comprehensively covered in the event of loss or damage.

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• Personal Liability Limits: You’ll want to make sure you have enough coverage to help defend against suits brought against you or your family members. • Identity Coverage: The costs of rebuilding your identity can skyrocket – make sure your home policy includes sufficient coverage for this all-too-common fraud. • Earthquake: Insurance companies all over the world have responded to earthquake claims in other countries, and are sufficiently capitalized to do the same here on the Island. • Deductibles: It’s important that you choose a deductible that strikes the right balance between cost saving up front and security in the long run. Look for policies that waive the deductible on significant losses.

Dan Olive is a partner at SeaFirst Insurance Brokers, a locally owned and operated business with locations in Oak Bay, Colwood, Saanichton, Brentwood Bay, Sidney, Salt Spring Island and Pender Island. He can be reached at 250-652-5157 and manages the Anchor Insurance Saanichton office.

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Time to Show the Lawn Some Love! by Colin Eaton Back in the May issue of the Seaside Times I wrote about the benefits of mulch for your flower beds. In this issue I want to touch on the importance of mulch for your lawns. For many homeowners, the weekend lawn routine consists of mowing the lawn as close to the ground as possible as they try to Colin Eaton South Island Landscaping replicate the local golf course. They bag the entire grass clipping and that "waste" is dumped into a rotting pile in the back corner of the yard. If the lawn starts to turn brown, they react by applying more fertilizer and water, believing that the nitrogen/water combination is the saviour. What’s wrong with this picture? Only a few types of grass are meant to be cut as low as a golf course fairway. You probably do not have that grass on your lawn so you are cutting it too short, causing undue stress. Short grass requires far more water to keep green than grass that is allowed to grow one to two inches longer. Most synthetic fertilizers are salt based and can have a negative effect on your lawn and the environment if not used correctly. What simple things can you do to enhance the health of your lawn? 1. Cut shorter in the spring and, as soon as the weather begins to heat up and the growth of the lawn slows, cut the grass at a higher height. The soil will love the extra protection.

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The Story Behind the Business In the fall of 1997 my employer, the federal government, was in downsizing mode. Uncertainty ultimately led me to self employment by turning a beer and wine making passion into a business. As an amateur, I had won numerous competitions, provincially, nationally and even internationally, so it seemed natural and sensible to go professional.

As fortune would have it, my job with the Feds survived and I now had, and still have, a career and a business! As every entrepreneur knows, starting a business is difficult and new challenges arise every day the doors are open. There have been many ups and downs over the past 14 years, but exceptional personnel and continuing community support has pulled us through every time. Manager Kimberley Dragert, our staff and I would like to extend an invitation to the entire Peninsula community to say thank you. You are cordially invited to attend:

Gartley Station Open House Saturday, October 6th, 10:30 am - 4:30pm Free Lunch: BBQ Smokies, Vegetarian Chili Live Music, Prizes and Special Pricing on the Wines You Love.

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2. The single most important nutrient for your lawn is its own clippings. These clippings fall to the soil where they decompose to feed the organisms within the soil. They protect the soil from the baking sun and they assist in the retention of water within the soils. 3. I keep a sharp blade on my lawn mower. A dull lawn mower blade tears the grass as opposed to cutting it. This leads to stress and disease within the lawn. 4. Avoid using synthetic fertilizers and definitely fertilizers with weed n' feed. This pesticide is banned in most local municipalities and with good reason: it's definitely not something you want on a lawn where you, your family or the family pets will spend any time. Mulch away! Visit for additional articles concerning your landscape.

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Wine Awards; an estate grown Pinot Gris perfect with seafood; and Pinot Blanc, a saucy melange of Saanich Peninsula and Similkameen grapes with an herby twist, ideal for summer sipping. At Muse Winery, Peter Ellmann knows how to put the squeeze on the grapes by crushing, pressing, punching and racking. After their shake-down, the whites take a breather in stainless steel tanks, pampered with yeast and nutrients, before being racked into another tank. The reds are pumped back into the bins, where the skins and pulp, or "cap," which gives the wine colour and flavour, float to the top and are "punched down" twice a day with a paddle. Racking goes on four or five times over a two-week period, then the hotheaded reds go into stainless steel tanks to cool down, if necessary in the freezer, to stop fermentation. Everything is continuously monitored for sulphur dioxide levels, which Peter keeps well below industry standards. Both whites and reds chill out in the barn for cold stabilization through the winter. In April, the reds go into the barrels in the cool cellar for 12 to 24 months while the whites are filtered and blended. When it comes to blending, tasting is done by


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At Sea Cider, Kristen Jordan loves how the champagne yeasts bring out the best flavours in her artisanal ciders, though Wild English lives up to its name by using natural yeast found in the cider apples themselves. Tasting daily during fermentation switches to by-weekly for the aging process, when flavour, acidity and tannin mellow, undergoing subtle changes, some in stainless steel tanks designed to retain the CO2 for a naturally sparkling cider such as Pippins, or in rum-soaked bourbon barrels for the iconic Rumrunner, Sea Cider’s two most popular offerings.




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Enjoy expanded open days and hours this summer for tastings and sales in the intimate garagé winery. Check with vintner Carol Wallace for details: 250-652-3782. As an added treat, view the unique vintage tractor display in a bucolic setting and the prettiest flock of sheep imaginable.

With some serious sipping and sampling over the summer, it’s time to lay down a supply of our favourite Peninsula wines and ciders for the months ahead. What greater tribute can we give to the dedication and passion of these alchemists of the grape? Cheers everyone!

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Thursdays to Saturdays from 5 p.m. to late, enjoy various musical groups as the perfect accompaniment to great food and wine in the Highland House Wine Bistro.

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Music at the Muse: Friday, September 7th at 7 p.m. Everything from Folk to Jazz with Lisa Bosman and Heather McLeod in concert, along with great local vintages and Bistro Muse offerings. Call for tickets and details: 250 656 2552. Tastings and Tours: 11a.m. to 5p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and holiday Mondays. Bistro: 11a.m. to 4p.m. Tuesday to Sunday. Cider Summit: Saturday, September 8th all day. South Lake Union Discovery Center Park, Seattle. Tastings of craft ciders from around the world. Metro Vancouver Feast of Fields: Gastronomic extravaganza, September 9th, 1-5. Tickets and info at Apple Day: Bring the family and celebrate September 30th from 11-4. Great food, entertainment, cider and sparkling apple juice. Find out about the Lifecycle Fruit Tree Project, bring your mystery apples to be identified by BC Fruit Tester volunteers, and cheer for your favourite entry in the apple pie contest.

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Please Do Bug Me “Keep them in the fridge until evening,” the clerk tells me, “then release them where you want them. They’re less active then and will get used to their new location. Just cut the plastic and let them come out on their own.” I ask if they’ll be fine in the car for an hour while I run some errands, and am assured they will. So I part with $13.95 and leave with a small plastic bag said to contain 250 ladybugs. Errands complete, I turn onto Hwy. 17 towards home. That’s when I notice a few little critters have somehow made their way out of the bag and are crawling along the seat next to me. Now a few more fly onto the dashboard and onto my leg. While it’s hardly a swarm of angry bees, I can’t help being distracted. They’re not meant to be residents in my car; they’re intended for the greenhouse! I realize I’m swerving, and get a grip as I picture the evening news: “Saanichton woman causes accident while being distracted by … no, not a handheld device … but (get this folks) by ladybugs.” Life’s embarrassing moments are bad enough without adding the danger factor. I try to ignore the little buggers, take the next exit and find a safe place to park. OK, a quick head count indicates about

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40 escapees, which means 210 still captive. Although the bag looks more like a deserted neighbourhood, this is no time to take a census. I find another plastic bag into which I stuff the captives, then entice the others, one by one, onto a business card and drop them in too. They’re surprisingly compliant about hopping on, except for two rebels who go down the window slot and refuse to budge … no matter how much I try to explain my good intentions. That evening, I follow the release instructions and they appear happy in their new locale – the bougainvillea in the greenhouse which gets an annual infestation of aphids. Over the next few days they make themselves at home and I’m happy to see some coupling, which means population increase. With a YouTube video, The Life Cycle of a Ladybug, I become educated so as to recognize egg, larva and pupa as they appear. Now on the fourth day they’ve simply disappeared; not a sign of them! But so have the aphids. I like to think the ladybugs have found another food source somewhere in my garden: that they’re happily munching and humping away, and that we’ll soon meet up again. Yes, in this case, please do bug me. Photo by Alvesgaspar.

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Conversations from the Past – Emily Harris by Valerie Green Have you ever wondered what it would be like to sit down and talk with some interesting characters from Greater Victoria’s past? If so, wonder no more. In a series of upcoming “interviews,” imaginary conversations will be conducted with some well-known (and some lesser-known) men and women from Greater Victoria’s colourful history. Although these conversations are merely creative figments of my imagination, they are all based on fact.

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This year Victoria celebrates her 150th birthday as a City. Back in August of 1862 when the first municipal election had taken place and Thomas Harris had been nominated as the City’s first mayor, Harris’ youngest daughter, Emily, might well have been thrilled by her father’s rise to this prestigious position and all that it entailed. In this interview, however, I have assumed that she was probably far more interested in an event which had taken place in 1861 before her father became mayor and when she was then only 11 years old. Interviewer: Your father has been Mayor of Victoria for one year now. Can you tell me what this past year has been like for you and your older sister, Eliza, as the daughters of Victoria’s very first mayor? Emily: It has been very exciting. We all love living in Victoria in our lovely home on Government Street. Father is pleased with all he has been able to accomplish as mayor so far. I: Such as? E: Oh, mostly lots of boring political stuff. He insisted on the city having a new fire engine, and he helped establish gas lighting on the streets. We all love going to the races too at the Beacon Hill Race Course and we feel like we are famous when we are recognized by the crowd. But actually, the year before he became mayor was far more thrilling for me. I: Oh, and why was that? E: I had a small ship named just for me – The Emily Harris. I: That must have been a great honour. E: It was. Father was part owner of the shipping company known as Harris, Carroll & Company and, on January 3rd, 1861, they launched the first steamboat in the Inner Harbour. All our invited guests gathered on Laurel Point to witness the ship’s launching and drink to her success. She was arrayed in flags and steamers

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Blackberry Harvest by C.J. Papoutsis When you’re a kid, picking blackberries is high adventure – for about half an hour, which is as long as most kids can stick at anything. My friends and I never went out intending to pick blackberries, but came upon them as we rode our bikes along the Saanich Peninsula’s many trails and country roads. We’d spot a good patch and start eating. If the berries were sweet and juicy we’d stuff our faces with the sun-warmed morsels. If they were sour, we’d move on. Sometimes we’d find a discarded paper cup or other container that looked relatively sanitary and we’d take some berries home for dessert. I still love the taste of sweet, juicy blackberries with vanilla ice cream melting on my tongue. Few things in life approach that degree of perfection. The best blackberry picking involved risk. The biggest and best berries always dangled just out of reach at the end of a branch hanging over a lake or swamp. We’d lean out over the water to pluck those elusive giants and miss, lose our footing and splash! An unexpected dunk in the lake. We arrived home berry-stained, scratched to bits and soaking wet, but nobody cared. It was a thrilling adventure and kids were allowed to have adventures in those days. When we picked berries with our parents, it was a completely different experience. Adults always take the joy out of everything by turning it into a chore or a goal-oriented project. “We’ll pick enough for jam,” said my Mother. By that she meant 35 jars of the stuff. Or, worse still, my Father’s bright idea: “Let’s pick enough for wine.” We knew we were facing an all-day marathon complete with burning sun, snakes, bugs and terminal boredom, after which we wouldn’t even be allowed to drink the wine.

Our parents suited up in boots, thick pants, flannel shirts, gloves up to their elbows and big floppy hats, armed to the gills with bug spray, ladders, gallon containers and sticks with hooks on the ends of them like they were setting out to defend the planet against aliens. They staked out their individual territories and imposed the inevitable rules: don’t pick berries near the ground because dogs pee on them, don’t pick any with bits of red on them because they’re sour, don’t eat too many or you’ll get sick. And so on. The afternoon sun beat down on us and everyone got hot, grumpy and mean. When the adults decided we had enough, we returned home and started washing jars, cooking berries and reading recipes. By the time they were finished it

was after midnight and nobody was speaking to each other. Even though I’ve been an adult for nearly 50 years I still get twitchy at the thought of dealing with huge amounts of berries. A single jar of jam and a handful to savour with vanilla ice cream is all I want. Next week, maybe I’ll pick enough for a pie. I learned a lot from being a kid, but one lesson has stayed with me for life: when you have too much of something, it isn’t special any more. Photo by Takato Marui.

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In the hypnotic world of spices, Toni and Mohamed are purists. When a patron orders curry for their evening meal, they get the authentic experience – spicy and tangy as they drift away to a courtyard café under an Indian sun. Spice exploration is a fine art to Toni: for example,

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of spices sets them apart. Their choice of spices is inspired by the original location of the cuisine. For instance, Moroccan dishes have more cinnamon, with sweeter flavours and fruits. Lamb shanks at the Zanzibar Café are cooked North African style with Ras el Hanout, a mesmerizing mix of sumac, salt, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and more. The chicken in my salad is prepared with a Red Tandoori Rub – lots of paprika, madras curry, cumin and cinnamon. Toni puts paprika in everything: “It gives food a nice depth without being too peppery.” Duck Tagine is cooked with apricots, almonds, Moroccan Sauce with cinnamon and Ras el Hanout. Toni is passionate about cinnamon, which “has a natural sweetness that goes well with meat!”

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Most Wonderful Time of the Year? by Michael Forbes It's late August and, like some parents, I was scrambling to find the school supply list for the "most wonderful time of the year" … back to school. Why is it whenever we get to Staples, the shelves are picked clean and we spend part of our precious summer wandering around looking for a "metric ruler, intermediate, plastic 30 cm." I mean, what is that exactly? It seems more like a nuclear launch code than something you'd find on a school supply list. I also discover that there's always one thing missing, but your kid "totally needs it" or they'll look stupid. I remember when Noah was 11, we just couldn't find him a drawstring gym bag. On back to school eve, he goes to bed in tears and I do what any parent would do: I drive around for an hour-and-a-half looking for one. I ended up buying the material and then sewing and gluing one together. I was up until midnight. They found me early the next morning with a death grip on the needle and plenty of glue-induced drool. After all that, my son ended up complaining that he was teased the first day because he was the only one in his new class that didn't bring a plastic grocery bag for his gym shorts. The items themselves I don't really have a problem

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Reviewed by Claire Hutchinson, 14 Teenagers, doctors, teachers, police officers – everyone over the age of 14 is gone. When all of the adults suddenly vanish from Perdido Beach, at first everyone thinks it’s some sort of joke, but when it’s proven not to be, the situation becomes much more serious than first believed. Animals start mutating, and food begins to become scarce.

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Sam Temple was known for being a hero ever since his school bus driver had a heart attack and he pulled the bus over and called the ambulance. When people notice a large barrier surrounding the town, everyone expects Sam to come to the rescue and be the hero. Out of nowhere, the students from Coats Academy, a private school for "troubled teens," arrive at Perdido Beach and slowly draw everyone who is scared and frightened onto their side. Rules are made and bullies rule the streets; however, Sam has a feeling that Caine, the self-nominated mayor of the altered Perdido Beach, might know more about the situation than he claims to. When a Coats student videotapes a boy as he turns 15 and is about to disappear, the video picks up the image of a creature in the depths of a green fog. They don’t know where the people who disappear end up, but it seems to have something to do with the barrier and the creature in the fog.

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Gone is dark and mysterious, giving the reader a nonstop journey through Perdido Beach’s darkest hour. New secrets are revealed and the reader will be constantly kept on their toes, waiting to turn the next corner to see what lies ahead. I would personally suggest this book and its series to a mature audience due to language and violence. New Releases – Available at The Children's Bookshop: Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian, by Eoin Colfer Between the Lines, by Jodi Picoult & Samantha Van Leer Magic Tree House #48: A Perfect Time for Pandas, by Mary Pope Osborne Great Escape, by Megan Rix Clementine and the Family Meeting, by Sara Pennypacker Ladybug Girl and Bingo, by David Somar & Jacky Davis Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons, by Eric Litwin Wicked Sweet, by Mar’ce Merrell Stuck, by Oliver Jeffers Dinotrux, by Chris Gall

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The Early Days of Brentwood Bay “Brentwood Bay was a lively spot in the 1930s,” long-time resident Lorna (Thomson) Pugh writes in Brentwood Bay and Me 1930 – 1940, a collection of memories from a time when “[t]he population was small and the freedom of space wonderful.” The village of Brentwood Bay was originally known as Sluggetts (or Sluggett's). In 1875, John Sluggett arrived here from Ontario and purchased 700 acres of land. With the later addition of another 300 acres, the Sluggett property stretched from Benvenuto Avenue to Clarke Road, and from Tod Inlet and East Saanich Road. In August 1892, a local post office was opened at the Sluggett house. Letters and parcels would arrive addressed to the “Sluggett P.O.” and the area became informally known as Sluggetts. The seven Sluggett children and those from neighbouring families required a school so, in 1880, Sluggett and George Stelly each donated an acre of land and a oneroom schoolhouse was built. The log cabin structure stood near the corner of West Saanich and Clarke roads. In 1908, a new school building was constructed on the property and the old building became a teacherage. “Back in the late 1800s and into the early 1900s, kids came to school from Mt. Newton and as far as Prospect Lake,” says Wayne Watkins, vice president of the Brentwood Bay Old School Hall Society, the group responsible for the recent restoration of the former West Saanich school. Until 1931, when Mt. Newton High School was built on Keating Cross Road, students wanting to continue on to secondary school had to travel to Victoria. This meant a long ride by horse and buggy until the new B.C. Electric Railway inaugurated rail service out to the Peninsula in 1913. The BCER's interurban trams travelled between Victoria and the terminus as Deep Cove via West Saanich Road and what is now Wallace Drive. Just past Tod Inlet was a station named Brentwood, named after Brentwood, England, the hometown of BCER chairman R.M. Horne-Payne. When W.O. Wallace opened his general store on West Saanich Road, he called it Brentwood Mercantile. He was given the contract to run the hanging baskets patio planters

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local post office and the Brentwood name went into common use. In 1925, the area was officially named Brentwood Bay. When farm chores were done, people enjoyed community events to socialize. Sports were popular and the West Road Hall at Benvenuto and West Saanich roads was used for basketball games and tournaments. Families would take turns supplying the refreshments. In 1934, the Brentwood Community Hall was built to provide courts for the Brentwood Badminton Club which produced some of the best players in the province. The hall was damaged by the snowfall of 1996. “[The building] was dismantled, piece by piece, and the hardwood floor was stored,” says Watkins. It was rebuilt virtually identical to the original hall using the same foundation. Brentwood Bay began to change in the 1960s when the municipality installed a sewer line, which enabled properties to be subdivided into smaller lots. The first residential subdivisions began to appear around this time and well into the 1970s and shopping plazas followed, creating a mix of urban and rural life. Development is ongoing today but descendants of John Sluggett are still farming in the area, and Brentwood's history is remembered with Sluggett House (site of the former Sluggett Baptist Memorial Church) and Sluggett Avenue.

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At the Raptors at Church & State, you’ll get close to some truly impressive birds of prey, including eagles, hawks, owls, falcons and vultures as they demonstrate their natural flying and hunting abilities. Adults $14; seniors $12; students (1216) $10; children (3-11) $7. Schedule subject to change, call for daily updates.

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Peninsula Newcomers Luncheon Haro's Restaurant & Bar, Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa, Sidney @ 11:30 a.m. New to the Saanich Peninsula? Why not join our club to make new friends and get to know the community! We meet for lunch on the second Thursday of every month. Share in a variety of interests and activities organized and run by our members. You must register with the club before you are able to participate in the luncheon. To register check out the website (above).

Tuesday Nights Snowdon House Farms Papardelle's Pasta Nights

1890 Mills Road, North Saanich, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. 250-658-3419 • Come and join Laura in the farm kitchen for an exciting demonstration of wonderful gourmet pasta, salad and bread. Enjoy tasting the flavours! Sept. 11th – tomato cracked pepper pappardelle primavera; Sept. 18th – artichoke and lemon tagliatele; Sept. 25th – wild mushroom ragout with goat cheese on porcini pasta. $20 per night, limited seating for ten. Please phone and book ahead.

Find seasonal veggies, eggs, mushrooms, baked goods, meat and crafts, and of course seeds for the home gardener. Meet your neighbours and support our local farmers.

Until September 6 Kit McDonald & Friends Art Sale & Fundraiser

Community Arts Centre at Tulista Park, Sidney 9565 Fifth Street (Lochside Drive) Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily A fundraiser to benefit Canadian Cancer Society's Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock 2012. All funds raised are for the kids – Camp Goodtimes and pediatric cancer research. Original paintings, cards, prints, giclees, wall hangings, quilts, jewelry. Featured paintings and collage by Kit McDonald and quilts by Linda Thornton.

September 7, 21 Local Food, Local Music Jennifer Louise Taylor and Rose Birney

Highland House Farm Winery at the Roost 9100 East Saanich Road, North Saanich 5:45 to 7:45 p.m. Join us for wonderful food and live, acoustic music with rich harmonies and artful instrumentation.

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September 16

A "Starry" Afternoon of Music Fundraising Concert for Star Cinema Beacon Park, Sidney, 1:30 to 4 p.m. Help Sidney's beloved Star Cinema raise money to "go digital," a move required by all movie theatres. Enjoy some wonderful music, courtesy of the Bayside Big Band and The Islanders, and see a number of well-known "movies stars" courtesy of Victoria Costumes.

September 25

Canadian Federation of University Women Saanich Peninsula Meeting Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney, 7 p.m. Marlene Dergousoff will speak on child poverty in our school district and the initiative to address it.

September 29 Church Fall Fowl Supper

Peace Lutheran Church, 2295 Weiler Avenue, Sidney, 6 p.m. 250-656-2721 Turkey dinner is being served with all the trimmings and dessert! $15 for adults (kids free); tickets available at the door.

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Everything fresh! This market offers everything from farm-fresh organic fruits and vegetables, locally made jams and jellies, honey and freshly roasted coffee beans to homemade bread, assorted meats and fish and arts and crafts. Free admission, free parking and live music!

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Taste of Sidney Food Bank Fundraiser A while ago, a group of merchants came together and formed the Sidney Merchants Co-op, with the goal of encouraging residents to buy locally. With this aim in mind, the group held Mother's and Father's Day draws, a sidewalk sale and other activities. In September, a fundraiser for the Sidney Lions Food Bank will be held. At this time of year, need for the Food Bank's services is extremely high – they serve about 1,000 customers every month. During the summer, donations are low: people are away on vacation and, with school starting, the need for food is high as there are extra expenses for new clothing and school supplies. Thanksgiving is right around the corner … wouldn’t it be nice for the food bank to have some extras available? The fundraiser will begin on September 8th and will end with a grand finale on the 15th. At participating businesses, there will be a poster displayed and they will have a coin box and food hamper. Some businesses will have special offers to entice customers to make a donation. For example, during the fundraiser, at Fiorenza Classic Flowers, with every $2 donation you will be entered in a

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draw for a monthly bouquet for six months. On September 15th between 12 and 4 p.m. in Beacon Park, businesses such as Haro's, White Spot, Toast Café, Taste of Tokyo, Stonestreet Café, Ooh La La Cupcakes, Rogers' Chocolates and Kildonan Farms will offer small plates of their best dishes for sale, with proceeds going to the food bank. The band Space Chickens and members of the Sidney Concert Band will offer musical entertainment in the Pavilion, and Susi Sunshine will be face painting by donation. Sidney by the Sea Rotary is having a car wash at the Sidney Centre parking lot on Bevan Avenue between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

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As a follow-up to the events in September, Scotiabank will be having a BBQ on October 12th, and they will match all donations up to $5,000.


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LANNY POLLET, Flute & Recorder Nov. 18 @ 2:30pm – JUBILATE! Chamber Choir from Vancouver Jan. 27, 2013 @ 2:30pm TICKETS – GEOFFREY THORNBURN, Organ Mar. 24, 2013 @ 2:30pm – PHILOMELA WOMEN’S CHOIR Adults $12/Students $10/Children under 12 free from UVic Tickets will be available at the door For tickets/information, call 250-652-5392 TICKETS: SERIES: Adult/Seniorplease $50 • Student $35 • Sponsor $100 Leagues for All Ages • Registrations Begin in September For More Information Call or Drop In 2375 Bevan Ave, Sidney • 250-656-2431 •

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“Starry” Music to Help Star Cinema The campaign is in full swing! Flyers, donations, and creative ideas abound! The buzz is almost audible. No, it’s not a national election; it’s our own close-to home campaign to save Star Cinema. By 2013, all movie productions will move to digital format, meaning that movie theatres everywhere need digital projectors, and that’s a problem. Digital equipment is expensive, particularly for small, independently owned theatres like the Star. “The average price is $80,000,” says Sandy Oliver, owner of Star Cinema. “Times two,” she adds, “since we have two theatres.” Sandy set a fundraising goal of $200,000 to cover the transition to digital and purchase new seats. “Our current seats are almost 30 years old,” Sandy tells me. “We purchased them when we first opened and they were 15 years old then. We need to modernize, that’s for sure!” “The fundraising campaign is going well,” Sandy adds. “We’ve had some fantastic donations, but we’re not there yet.” That’s one reason Kenny Podmore, Town Crier and Councilman, stepped in to organize a fundraising concert. A "Starry" Afternoon of Music is scheduled for Sunday, September 16th between 1:30 and 4 p.m. in Beacon Park. As

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Kenny put it: “This is a great opportunity for everyone to come out, enjoy some wonderful music, courtesy of the Bayside Big Band and The Islanders, and support Star Cinema.” Smiling broadly, Kenny tells me that the concert will feature a number of well-known movie stars too, thanks to Victoria Costumes. “Everyone from Marilyn Monroe to Batman wants Star Cinema to survive,” Kenny says. “Sidney just wouldn’t be the wonderful town it is without the Star!” The concert will include the Star’s renowned popcorn (with real butter!) by donation and other surprises too. Looking ahead, the Peninsula ArtSea Festival will also include some magical moments at the Star and multiple fundraising opportunities. “We’re planning two mini-festivals the week of October 12th to 21st,” says Sandy. “The first one we’re calling a Whale of a Show. It will feature The Whale, which tells the story of Luna, the friendly, if troublesome, little Vancouver Island whale, and the Whale Rider, the powerful, awardwinning New Zealand drama.” The second mini-festival will feature films by Marlene Dietrich with a special live performance by Bisia Belina, a professional singer, who will don Ms. Dietrich’s persona for an evening. Check out to learn more about the concert, the mini-film festivals and other fundraising opportunities.

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Zais Astrology – September 2012 by Heather Zais ( Aries (march 21 - april 19) You become more intense or obsessive with what you want. Secret or covert actions make you feel in control. You have the stamina to overcome obstacles or adversity and succeed in spite of it. Power shifts occur – positive or negative.

Libra (september 23 - october 22) Some rug-pulling goes both ways. You know how to play the game from past experience. Wait for others to show their intentions before you commit yourself. Levels of responsibility need to be clear up front. Handle your share.

Taurus (april 20 - may 20) Your need for more independent action may conflict with relationships or responsibilities connected to others. Be careful how you word things so tensions don't escalate. Take time to negotiate agreeable terms. Compromise.

Scorpio (october 23 - november 21) Mars in your sign gives you added energy. Pursue your goals aggressively, but manage stress that comes along with it. You make great gains through your ability to focus on the bottom line. Others share the benefits.

Gemini (may 21 - june 20) Consider moves related to your home or work situation. Conditions evolve to the point where change becomes necessary. Renovate or build if it is cost effective. Take cautious steps forward that make you feel comfortable. Adjust.

Sagittarius (november 22 - december 21) Put covert plans in motion to advance your status or position. Stay ahead of the competition. Stick to what is noble or true and you will be respected for it. Your instincts are sharp. Investigations or research bring results.

Cancer (june 21 - july 22) You strive for stability among changing conditions. This is likely to affect where you or family members will live. Certain information tips the scales one way or the other. Your physical and creative energies are high. Seek love.

Capricorn (december 22 - january 19) Connect with those in positions of power or authority who can pave the way for you. Keep a cool head in any negotiations as there is procedure to follow. Your reputation goes before you. Count on it. Show your confidence.

Leo (july 23 - august 22) Take care of aggressive energies or circumstances; think on your feet. You are capable of taking command even though others may object or feel they can do better. Let the pieces fall where they may if secrets or data are leaked.

Aquarius (january 20 - february 18) Your involvement with others feels restrictive as you seek independent action. There are some benefits that go along with it, so changes would have to be made carefully. Pour energy into increasing your status or goals.

Virgo (august 23 - september 22) Stick to your guns as you advance slowly in all areas. There is some rough water to navigate. Staying focused will get you to the finish line. Silence is golden now. Play your cards close to the vest and it could be a winner for you.

Pisces (february 19 - march 20) How you relate to others becomes more important as you find out what some of them really think of you. Make decisions about who stays and who goes in your personal or business life. Trust is necessary for future success.

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